Permit Process

Prior to a building being constructed, remodeled, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, or demolished, a permit is required.

Homeowners doing the work themselves can pull their own permit(s).

If using a contractor, the contractor should pull the required permits for the work they will be doing. Homeowners should verify their contractor has a license or bond from the State of Minnesota. Prior to closing your project, verify the contractor has scheduled and completed all inspections.

Permits Issued "Over-the-Counter" 

Projects that require a building permit, but can be issued without a plan review include:

  • Mechanical (Residential Only)
  • Plumbing (Residential Only)
  • Sewer and Water (New Construction Residential)
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Window/Door Replacement (no change to existing window or door size)
  • Fireplace

Please note these applications will be processed in the order they were received and usually within 1 - 2 business days (subject to change without notice). You will be contacted for payment information when the permit is ready to be issued.

Permits that Require Plan Review

Projects that require a permit application and plans include, but not limited to: 

  • Decks/Porches
  • New Construction Homes
  • Basement Finishes
  • Pools
  • Detached Garages/Sheds (over 200 square feet)
  • Additions, Alterations, and Remodels
  • Septic Systems
  • All Commercial Permits
  • Temporary & Permanent Signs

Plans must meet the requirements of the Minnesota State Building Code, neatly drawn to scale, and clearly depict the nature of the work proposed. Building department staff members will review the plans for conformance to applicable codes.

Plans that do not provide the necessary information will be returned to the applicant for revision. Once a complete application has been received, the plan review process begins.

Plan Review Process

Permit Types

Flow Chart Timeline for Plan Review (once all necessary information is provided)
Commercial View Commercial Review Process Flow Chart 2 - 3 Weeks for Commercial Building Permits
2 -5 Business Days for all other Commercial Permits
Residential View Residential Review Process Flow Chart 1 to 1 1/2 Weeks

Contact Us

  1. Mark PistulkaMark Pistulka
    Building Official

  • If during the plan review, it is determined additional information is needed, you will be sent an email with the details needed. The timeline begins again upon resubmission.
  • Once the review is complete, you will be notified via email that your permit application is approved and ready for payment.
  • Payment via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) can be made through your online portal account.
  • Payment via check or cash may be mailed or dropped off at City Hall.
  • Once the fee is paid, you will be emailed your permit, inspection card, receipt, and any approved plans (keep an eye on your junk or spam folder if the email does not appear in your inbox).
  • All documents pertaining to your permit will be available on your online portal account.
  • Work may proceed once your permit is received.
  • Be sure to have either a hard copy or electronic copy of the permit available upon request. Hard copy requirements will be notified when the permit has been issued.

No Permit Required

Some projects that do not require a permit include:

  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Floor Covering
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Tiled Backsplash
  • Vanities
  • Trim
  • Baseboard
  • Interior Doors
  • Fences
  • Retaining Walls (less than 4 feet in height)
  • Sheds (200 square feet or less)

If you are unsure whether you need a permit, contact the building safety department and explain what you will be doing. Staff will advise you if the work you are doing is regulated and whether or not a permit is required.

Expired Permits

In accordance with Minnesota Rules, permits expire within 180 days of issuance if no work is started and no inspections have been called in by the permit holder. Permits also expire if work has started, but then is suspended for more than 180 days and no inspections are called in by the permit holder.

If you have any questions regarding permits or the permit process, contact the building safety department at 763.635.1060 or review the Frequently Asked Questions.